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Gion Matsuri: The World’s Oldest Urban Festival


Photo by Akira Nakata

Photo by Akira Nakata

ART IN THE GARDEN

Gion Matsuri: The World’s Oldest Urban Festival

PORTLAND JAPANESE GARDEN

Photo by Akira Nakata

Photo by Akira Nakata

Sep 15, 2018 – Nov 4, 2018 / Garden Hours
LOCATION: PAVILION GALLERY & TANABE GALLERY

PRICE INCLUDED WITH GARDEN ADMISSION

Gion Matsuri: The World’s Oldest Urban Festival

Gion Matsuri is a festival for the people, by the people. Named after Yasaka Shrine (known locally as Gion-sha) in the Gion District of Kyoto, it is said to be the oldest continuous urban festival in the world and one of the largest and most elaborate in Japan. Gion Matsuri is more than a thousand years old and has been held in Kyoto since 869. Originally held to appease the gods and scare away the plague during an epidemic, it continues to be a colorful and vibrant celebration that takes over the streets of downtown Kyoto each July.

This exhibition features photographs by one of Kyoto’s top photographers, which will grace the Pavilion and Tanabe Galleries. The Garden’s opening weekend celebration on September 15 and 16 will include a troupe of Gion Bayashi festival musicians from Kyoto performing the unique festival sounds that accompany the procession of floats.

Photo by Akira Nakata

Photo by Akira Nakata

Photo by Akira Nakata

Photo by Akira Nakata

Earlier Event: August 18
APEX: Avantika Bawa
Later Event: September 21
Deathtrap